Our Partners

These organizations have educational programming partnership agreements to provide programming in schools during instructional time. To find programming of interest to you, search by keyword or sort the list order by clicking on any column title. 

(Please note: after-school programs operate through Permits. Other pathways for agencies to engage with TDSB can be found through our Partnership Opportunities webpage.

Regent Park Community Health CentrePathways to EducationPathways to Education promotes student achievement by supporting secondary school students in selected Families of Schools to graduate, through mentoring; academic supports; financial supports (bus fare); opportunities for social and community engagement; and, career/post secondary awareness. These integrated supports also offer students financial support through a scholarship toward the cost of applications and tuition for post-secondary education. Pathways Staff and Program Facilitators work with each registered Pathways student. Pathways Staff liaise with local schools to support each student’s needs and achievements. If those students move to different schools, the staff assigned to that student follows that student. This may result in the more than one Pathways delivery agency serving the same school.
Regesh Family and Child ServicesRegesh High on Success and CASTThe innovative school-based programs support students to develop healthy self-esteem, decision-making, self-regulation, and interpersonal and communication skills. Students are engaged in improving their academic performance. Reconnecting Youth is delivered over 20 weeks and using small group activities, students develop new and supportive relationships that help them to be successful. The Coping and Support Training Program (CAST) is offered over 7 weeks to students. Students learn skills to increase their self-esteem, manage anger, enhance mental health and help them connect with their teachers and family.
Rexdale Community Health CentrePathways to EducationPathways to Education promotes student achievement by supporting secondary school students in selected Families of Schools to graduate, through mentoring; academic supports; financial supports (bus fare); opportunities for social and community engagement; and, career/post secondary awareness. These integrated supports also offer students financial support through a scholarship toward the cost of applications and tuition for post-secondary education. Pathways Staff and Program Facilitators work with each registered Pathways student. Pathways Staff liaise with local schools to support each student’s needs and achievements. If those students move to different schools, the staff assigned to that student follows that student. This may result in the more than one Pathways delivery agency serving the same school.
Rick Hansen FoundationRick Hansen Foundation School ProgramRick Hansen Ambassadors helps create meaningful dialogue about disability, accessibility and inclusion by providing free presentations. Trained speakers are a diverse group of people with mobility, vision and hearing disabilities that share their inspirational stories with students. Professional learning sessions are also available on building disability awareness, inclusion and citizenship skills in classrooms. Educators receive access to ready-made resources and practical activities they can take into the classrooms immediately. Resources support provincial educational priorities while meeting school communities' social responsibility and inclusion goals: see www.rickhansen.com/schools.
Right To Play CanadaPLAY Program (Concrete Warriors)The Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program is designed to provide Aboriginal/Indigenous children and youth access to high-quality programs that use play to build and enhance their life-skills to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others. While the basis of the programs are designed by child development and educational experts, all are adapted and modified in consultation with children, youth, parents, and Elders of PLAY’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit partners. Session topics include: youth leadership workshops, arts-based programming, sport and recreational activities.
RighteoussunYoga: Restoring Body and MindThe workshop consists of mindful activities that will reduce stress and aid to balance the body and mind. Activities include yoga, meditation, mindfulness exercises and journaling to increase positive well-being and develop a healthy physical and mental life. Students will journal their activities to track their own progress as well as use this as a mindfulness activity to pay attention to their thoughts that arise in the present moment. For younger students, the workshop uses play, stories and teamwork. For older students, focus will be on poses that improves physical balance and awareness of connection to their bodies. Professional learning workshops are also available.
Rita DagenaisTreaty Making in CanadaTreaties have been signed since 1701 and are still being negotiated today. Every treaty tells a story. The presentation focuses on WHY treaties were signed, with an emphasis on the perspectives of the indigenous signatories. These sessions provide a brief over-view of the history of treaty making, beginning with the Peace and Friendship Treaties signed during the Seven Years War. But I focus primarily on the land cession treaties whereby indigenous nations surrendered ownership (aboriginal title) of their lands to the Crown. The government wanted to acquire Indians lands to allow for the building of railways, resource development and settlement. I explore the issue of why indigenous people would sign these treaties. The only way to answer this question is to understand the circumstances faced by indigenous groups just prior to signing these treaties (disappearance of the buffalo, starvation, epidemics). Focus is on 2 treaties: Treaty 6 signed by the Cree in 1876 and Treaty 7 signed the following year by the Blackfoot.
Rock Solid Productions Inc.Rocks and RingsThe program features a variety of drills, relays and team building activities that introduce students to the sport of curling with a focus on fun.¿ Unique indoor floor curling equipment is provided and placed in the gym offering an off-ice experience and physical activity. Sessions include various drills, relays and team-building activities. It is an inclusive program that allows students of all ages and abilities to compete and play with each other.
Rod NettagogBluestonecloud Breaking The CycleThese workshops deliver core traditional values and teachings of traditional ‘Grandfather Drum’ and its role for the community. Through drum teachings, traditional drumming, dance and singing, hands-on activities, and self-reflection, Rod Nettagog helps students explore their place in society and appreciation for Indigenous culture. Workshops aim to restore knowledge of Indigenous cultural values, traditions and beliefs and to reconnect to ourselves, others and the earth.
Rodrigo ChavezCASSAVA Latin Rhythms An interactive and participatory drumming and percussions workshop with focus on Latin American rhythms, songs and dance, including some history and geography of the cultures from which this music comes: Cuba, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Trinidad and Spain. The rhythms studied are Salsa, Cha-Cha, Bembe, Calypso, Cumbia, Conga, Merengue, Rumba and Samba. All instruments are provided during the session!
Roseneath TheatreRoseneath Theatre Touring ProductionsProfessional theatre performances and tailor-made workshops support character education, arts curriculum connections, and social justice for young audiences. Roseneath Theatre produces 3-5 performances per year that feature a particular theme and focus, written by recognized playwrights from across Canada. A study guide comprises each performance, providing classroom activities, resources, as well as pre and post-show questions. Following each performance, a scripted question and answer session with the cast explores current topics and issues to critically analyze the concepts brought forth, building connections that relate to health and well-being and our relationship with ourselves and with others. Productions for the current year can be found at www.roseneath.ca.
Rulentlez MovementsLanguage in MotionThese workshops support students to express themselves using music and dance. Students learn dance creation, musicality and critical thinking skills, by connecting body language and sound in order to communicate through dance. Games are played during workshops that involve a variety of dance movement to stimulate students’ creativity, art-based activities, and physical exercises mixed with yoga movements to strengthen the body and to correct posture.
RumberosCuban-Brazilian Drumming and DanceMaster Rumbero Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo leads performances and workshops on Cuban/Brazilian drumming, music and dance. Students learn cultural history, relationship between music, dance, costume and other forms of Latin arts. Practical demonstration of how the music is executed using traditional instruments are first shown followed by an exploration of the traditional instruments by students. Facilitator brings all instruments for full classroom participation. Students enhance their performance and ensemble skills while gaining a rich knowledge of Cuban/Brazilian music and culture. Traditional dance steps and choreography are explored in the dance workshops. These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Global Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the 8 week classroom visits.
Ryerson UniversityEarly Childhood Studies Field PlacementsEarly Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.
Ryerson UniversityMSW Field PlacementsField education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”
Ryerson UniversityWe Will ReadIn this long standing partnership program with the TDSB, Early Childhood Studies Field Placement students work one-on-one with grade one students to improve literacy skills. The focus of the program is to provide reading partners for children with disabilities or with additional support needs. Participating schools have four days of programming for eleven weeks between January and April. Each post-secondary field placement student is at the school for two days per week, with a minimum of two students placed at the same school to provide the four days of literacy programming under the supervision of grade one classroom educators.
SAFE InternationalPersonal Safety Training Strategies to avoid violence that address the physical, psychological and emotional elements of self-defense are learned by grades 7 - 12 students through these workshops. Students learn and practice the skills and knowledge of the "3 R’s": Recognize, React, and Respond. The first and foremost skill is "R, Recognize". It means that recognizing potentially dangerous situations is always the first and most important step and tool in self-defense. While no one skill is guaranteed to protect students from harm, these workshops are designed to provide tips, skills and knowledge that can dramatically increase their abilities to stay safe.
Sage Tyrtle StorytellerLearning To Tell Compelling StoriesThis literacy workshop focuses on finding each student’s personal storytelling voice. The storyteller discusses storytelling structure, elements to engage the audience, character development, and most importantly: making every single word count. Workshop weaves interactive games, exercises and personal storytelling together. Students learn how to create, write and perform personal stories. By sharing personal experiences with a variety of different people, students will foster mutual understandings about each other’s lives.
Samyuktha Sharath Punthambekar Indian Classical Dance Bharathanatyam and Indian Folk DanceThis enrichment dance program teaches Indian Dance, Bharathanatyam. Students learn the history, theory, movement, music and dance techniques associated with this 12th century Indian Art Form. Students practice movement based passages, expressions called Abhinaya and basic rhythm concepts. Workshop series is available to expand on dance techniques and merges Bharathanatyam with contemporary movements which culminates in a choreographed dance piece performed by the class.
San Romanoway Revitalization AssociationConnecting Bridges Educational Outreach ProgramThe Connecting Bridges Educational Outreach Program offers life skills and mentoring to students in middle schools in the Jane-Finch community. Students participate in twice weekly sessions on self-esteem, self-identity, violence prevention, problem-solving and conflict resolution, communication, assertiveness training, time management, study skills, gender relations, racism and ethnicity, substance and alcohol abuse, healthy sexuality, bullying, cyber safety, gang resistance strategies, stress management, managing emotions, family dynamics, perceptions of schooling and education, education pathways, career and employment options. Students may also receive homework help and be paired with adult mentors who work one-on-one with students to provide positive role modelling. The program includes a Family Support Program for the parents of participating students. Parents take part in bi-monthly support groups to discuss adolescent development issues, effective parenting strategies, communication skills, employment, substance use, and gang prevention. Parents may also be referred to appropriate community resources for help with housing, food security, employment and legal issues.
Scarborough Rotary Passport ClubBrush-A-ManiaThis interactive presentation delivered to elementary students to promote good oral health every April which is proclaimed Oral Health Month. Dentist Rotarians visit schools to provide information on proper brushing and flossing techniques, good oral hygiene practice, and healthy eating. Students each receive a toothbrush to practise brushing their teeth, answer questions about brushing and have the opportunity to ask questions to the dentist. Students, teachers and parents are also invited to track students daily brushing habits in-class, and at home via an online 'brushtracker'.
Scarborough Women's CentreBuilding Strong FuturesThe variety of presentations on Building Self-Esteem, Healthy Relationships, Body Image, Goal Setting, Holistic Health. Presentations provide female students in Scarborough schools with information and supports that will enhance their self-esteem and develop positive healthy relationships and identify educational and career goals.
SCHCPediatric Health Initiative ClinicClinics in elementary and secondary schools address the issue of students in inner city communities who come to school with undiagnosed and untreated health concerns that prevent them from learning. Its objective is to provide students with access to a medical clinic, on site, in schools. The initiative provides the services of a pediatric clinic in the school. Medical practitioners, (including but not exclusive to: nurse practitioners, physicians, pediatricians, community health workers) consult with students (and, if elementary school age, with their families) on a variety of medical, behavioural and developmental and school-related concerns. Services may include, and are not limited to: 1. Medical - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, health counselling and referrals to other medical specialists, or dietician. 2. Behavioural and Developmental - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, related mental health counselling, referrals to specialist and/or community agencies. 3. Clinical services will be provided on a referral basis from parents/guardians; TDSB Professional Support Services; local Principals from schools surrounding school in which clinic site is hosted. Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues at the time of booking appointments; and in collaboration with local schools and the clinic’s Advisory Committee.
Scientists in SchoolScientists in SchoolWorkshops for elementary students enhance curriculum and have students become immersed in inquiry: experimenting and learning alongside teachers and parent volunteers as they peer into microscopes, test their powers of observation; design pneumatic models to solve a problem; explore insect adaptations; experiment with levers and build bridges to their futures. Scientists in the Schools’ professionals bring specialized materials and equipment into the classroom, making the workshop hands-on for every child; and provide comprehensive Teacher Resource Packages that outline scientific concepts and provide extension activities easily implemented by teachers in the their own classrooms. All Scientists in School workshops, exclusive of the math offerings, are available for TDSB elementary schools. Approximately 50 topic choices are available.
Scott Ste MarieDepression to ExpressionDepression to Expression exists to create an honest dialogue about mental health by teaching specific cognitive tools to students to help them deal with the challenges they face. Depression to Expression reaches 20,000 unique youth around the world every day (7.3 million per year) through our mental health YouTube videos and thousands in person through school and business presentations. Main Topics of the Presentation Include: 1. Defining mental health and mental illness correctly. We dive deep into anxiety as this is the most common mental disorder; 2. Understanding The Cognitive Behavioural Triangle (Thoughts, Feelings, Behaviours); 3. Social Media and Mental Health (provided to both parent groups and students) .
Sean MauricetteL.I.F.T. - Laying Important Foundations TogetherSean Mauricette raps, beat-boxes and speaks in this interactive motivational presentation on bullying, peer pressure, leadership, respect and the importance of laying a foundation in education. Students learn to set goals, the importance of education, respect self and reach for their personal best. The presentation focuses on leadership, education, steering clear of peer pressure and negative influences, creating and seizing opportunities, redefining success and the importance of trying. A question & answer and musical performance that involve student participation will follow each talk.
SEE Change MagazineHistory of Social Change WorkshopsThese distinctive workshops develop students' appreciation for Canada’s unique struggles for social justice and the rights and freedoms we enjoy, while sharpening their storytelling skills. Leveraging the History of Social Change Multimedia Project (digital stories and ebook documenting social movements and key players), sponsored by Heritage Canada, these workshops demonstrate how our lives were transformed by social movements and their key players. They each feature a renowned. living Canadian figure of a social movement who will share their personal story. The facilitator (a veteran journalist) will then provide a lesson in journalism before leading the class through an interactive activity. By the end of the workshop, students have honed their verbal and written communication skills, developed their capacity for advocacy and gained a deeper grasp of social issues in Canadian history and their impact on present day.
Seedling StoriesHands in the GardenThis food and garden program allows students to get their hands dirty while gardening, growing food, and learning about the natural environment and sustainability. Students learn and explore plant life cycles, biodiversity, composting, garden creatures, measuring and mapping garden beds, people involved in the food system, harvesting and creating simple snacks, and writing poems and creating skits about the garden. Through this hands-on program, students apply concepts they have learned in class in practical and direct ways. With a variety of workshops to choose from, this program is suitable for early years and elementary students and is offered in both French and English. Many of the workshops offered by this program do not require schools to have a garden and are available throughout the school year. Curriculum resources are available to support teachers.
Seneca CollegeBehavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences, Developmental Support Worker and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school.
Seneca CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Seneca CollegeImmigrant & Refugee Studies SSW Field Placements This program provides field placement opportunities for Seneca College Students in the Immigration & Refugee Studies Social Service Work program. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in TDSB sites. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding; to plan and implement activities; and to foster positive relationships with TDSB communities: students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Seneca CollegeLibrary and Information Technician Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in Library and Information Technician programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in schools. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum and information/resource needs; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Shakespeare CanadaShakespeare for Kids School TourShakespeare Canada is a non-profit, professional theatre company whose mission is to provide an inspiring and unforgettable theatre experience for students of all ages. Employing an innovative production staff and dynamic actors, we perform Shakespeare's timeless themes in a contemporary voice. Our versions of the classic Shakespeare plays are adapted to modern English for an easier understanding of the play by students of all ages. Productions and scheduling vary each year. Updated information is available at www.shakespearecanda.com
Shakespeare In ActionInteractive ShakespeareStudents will experience Shakespeare and drama in fun, new, and accessible ways in these experiential performing arts workshops for elementary, middle, and high-school students. Workshops include ESL Shakespeare, Masterclass (English focus), Page to Stage (Drama focus), Shakespeare Rap, and Future Shakespeare (where students experience a play in a single classroom period). Professional actor-educators show how to discover, analyze, and reimagine the meanings of language as students engage in interactive language exercises, group translation, and storytelling activities in order to decode Shakespearean text and remove the language barrier often associated with his works. Professional learning is available. SHSM workshops for the Arts and Culture Specialty are also available.
Sheridan CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Shiamak Davar International Inc.Bollywood Dance A highly entertaining and expressive style of dance amalgamates the influences of Indian folk, Bhangra dance and modern contemporary dance forms that emphasizes storytelling. By learning and exploring choreographed and improvised movements and gestures using different body parts (head, neck, eyes, hands and feet), students develop spatial awareness, technical dance skills, stage performance and understanding of the elements of the dances and its cultural and historical significance. In groups, students create their own Bollywood dance routine and story. Suitable for Hindu, Sikh and Asian Heritage Months.
Sickkids Centre for Community Mental HealthMental Health SupportsThese mental health workshops focus on enhancing children’s social skills and supporting their emotional needs. Programs are delivered by SickKids CCMH professional staff, guided by research, built on participants’ strengths that help students develop coping skills and strategies. Activities include discussion, role-playing, stories, art work, and others adapted to the needs and skills of the classroom. Workshops include: PEERS Program (Grades 2-8); You Matter: Supporting Mental Health (Grades 5-8); Friends & Feelings Program (Grades 1-2); and Peer Mediation Training. Professional learning may also be available.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta OrganizationFrom Yoga Mat to Peaceful ClassroomFrom Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom teaches yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques. Introductory program teaches students beginner yoga postures, breathing and relaxation practices, positive thinking and meditation. Students learn yoga through demonstration, visualization, use of props, rhymes, games, stories and songs. Students also learn mindfulness techniques that develop life skills that enhance health and well-being.
Soul Drums Ltd.Soul P.O.P. Percussion Optimizes Potential (P.O.P.) enhances music and life skills through drumming. Sessions include drum circles in small or large class formats. This hands-on workshop provides students an opportunity to enhance their drumming skills with an emphasis on communication, team building, positive risk taking and leadership skills. Activities include musical games, song chants and performing music using a variety of percussion instruments. Additional resources and professional learning opportunities are available to staff who wish to enhance skills as a drum circle facilitator.
South Riverdale CHCPediatric Health Initiative ClinicClinics in elementary and secondary schools address the issue of students in inner city communities who come to school with undiagnosed and untreated health concerns that prevent them from learning. Its objective is to provide students with access to a medical clinic, on site, in schools. The initiative provides the services of a pediatric clinic in the school. Medical practitioners, (including but not exclusive to: nurse practitioners, physicians, pediatricians, community health workers) consult with students (and, if elementary school age, with their families) on a variety of medical, behavioural and developmental and school-related concerns. Services may include, and are not limited to: 1. Medical - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, health counselling and referrals to other medical specialists, or dietician. 2. Behavioural and Developmental - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, related mental health counselling, referrals to specialist and/or community agencies. 3. Clinical services will be provided on a referral basis from parents/guardians; TDSB Professional Support Services; local Principals from schools surrounding school in which clinic site is hosted. Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues at the time of booking appointments; and in collaboration with local schools and the clinic’s Advisory Committee.
South Riverdale CHCSouth Riverdale Health Clinic_CALCThe health clinic provides quality clinical and social programs and services to adult students at City Adult Learning Centre. In consultation with staff and students, low-threshold access to clinical and care coordination is available, and engages students and community partners in the development of appropriate programming with the vision to improve the lives of students facing barriers to their physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being. Core services being provided to CALC include: A weekly drop in clinic led by a Nurse Practitioner (1 day), case management by a Client Care Coordinator (2.5 days), and annual flu clinics and TB screening. Group sessions which are delivered alongside CALC staff include: Sexual health in collaboration with Biology classes, strategies in self-care such as how to eat healthy on a budget, positive parenting, and housing support in partnership with housing/settlement workers.
Special Olympics Ontario Inc.Special Olympics Ontario SchoolsThis initiative offers competitive and developmental athletic opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities in programming that is exclusively for them or inclusive (unified) for all students. Professional learning sessions for staff are also offered to provide staff with training, support and resources that increase Special Education students’ physical literacy and sport specific skills development. Programming includes: Active Start; FUNdamentals; Youth Multi-Sport; Coaching Young Athletes; Sports Festival; Health Action and My PHAL (Physical Health Active Living). And, athletic competition qualifiers and championships are organized in which student athletes with special needs compete, and opportunities for all students are offered to engage and support their peers with disabilities. See details at www1.specialolympicsontario.com/schools/.
Square CircleSocial Circus Social Circus programming fosters life skills, confidence and resilience in grades 4 - 8 students through the learning and practice of circus and creative arts. Students learn a variety of circus arts including juggling, poi, floor balancing, clowning, dance, acting/improvisation.The program culminates in a show and tell - students talk and display their creative art.These workshops provide an alternative, non-competitive physical and artistic outlet for students, while team building and enhancing social skills. Workshops are comprised of physical social games, trust and relationship building, and creative exercises for students to develop individual creative expression.
Stand Up for Student Well Being Inc.Stand Up for Student Well BeingParticipants learn about stand-up comedy using an innovative, activity-based approach to teach literacy skills and mental health awareness. Several activities are completed in a single workshop, or through weekly sessions over a six week period. These include performing a one-minute joke that is written by a peer and writing and performing a two-minute stand-up comedy act about them. Comedian coaches support participants to develop their stand-up routines and students with the strongest scripts will write and perform in their school’s Stand-Up Comedy Showcase.
Starts With Me Inc.State of MindStudents are invited to participate in a guided meditation as preparation for the discussion on the stigmas associated with mental health, the warning signs of someone's mental health, and the recovery and well-being available to those seeking support. The presentation of the topic in general merges with a lived-experience story from one who is living with a mental illness or has personal experience in the world of mental health. A Q&A session facilitated to protect anonymity completes the hour, where questions submitted in writing or on blank papers are read and answered. This provides students and staff the opportunity to ask questions that they may not feel comfortable asking out loud. Professional Support Service staff associated with the Mental Health Strategy and/or the school in which the presentation is scheduled are present for these sessions, to assist teacher, partner and class, as needed. Following the presentation, students are encourage to create an art piece reflective of what they have learned and/or in response to the session. Schools can choose whether or not to participate in the State of Mind Youth Mental Health Festival each spring; and students can choose whether to submit their art pieces for display at the offsite festival.
Stefanie Ricchio Business ConsultingAccounting & Business in the 21st CenturyA presentation on financial literacy which are free to students bridges the gap between the education and workplace experience of accounting and business, providing real-world examples within a 21st century context. Facilitators provide an overview of accounting terms and methods before going into the role of computerized/automated transactions, and a realistic view of the future of accounting as a career path. Participants learn about stable, new and emerging, and soon-to-be redundant job roles in the financial industry, and likewise the necessity for a 21st century skillset for success in the workplace and post-secondary education. Concepts and transactional methods like analytics, blockchains, smart contacts, big data, and digital/crypto currency are presented, and show how the emergence of these tools and methods of use will continue to shape career paths in accounting, as well as the future of finance and business. Professional learning is also available.
Stella's PlacePeer SupportPeer support training program to increase awareness of mental health issues and wellness at Winston Churchill CI. Students learn peer support skills, increase their understanding of mental health and increase their capacity to manage stress and engage in self-care. Program utilizes presentations, discussion, creative exploration and skills practice opportunities, and exercises to enhance the learning. Program culminates in students brainstorming, developing and implementing a health and wellness project that impacts a large number of their peers in a meaningful way.
Stephen LaFreniePhysical Theatre Performances and workshops showcasing commedia dell’arte, mime, pantomime, movement with text, storytelling to share unique storytelling technique and awaken creativity and self-confidence in students. Performances showcase physical theatre and storytelling techniques which include two productions, “Mask Messenger” and “Pantalone – The Ice Flow Cometh”. "Mask Messenger" is a solo performance features nearly 20 masked characters and is available in English, French and Bilingual format. "Pantalone - The Ice Flow Cometh" combines the classical commedia dell'arte and Shakespearian monologue followed by a talk on Shakespeare and his influence. Workshops are suitable for all students of diverse abilities to experience mime, pantomime, movement with text, storytelling, mask making, make movement, improvisation and non-verbal communication. Once students learn the skills, students discover their own personal rhythm and unique performing style.
Steven BotelhoOur Space Is A Safe SpaceInteractive performances use professional-style puppets and actors to promote self-love, awareness and acceptance around mental health issues and those living with disabilities. Puppets take students on a journey about living with OCD, ADHD, anxiety, autism, depression, and dyslexia. Performances break down stereotypes, shows acceptance and tolerance of others and how to start a safe and open conversation about those who are different. Each performance showcases hand-made puppets, utilizes elements of music and drama, and involves audience participation followed by a question and answer period.
Stolen From Africa/Volé D'AfriqueStolen From Africa Interactive assembly and arts-based workshops promotes social justice and builds cross cultural understanding for racialized and marginalized students. Facilitators discuss themes of Black Diaspora history, identity, relationships, resilience and self-advocacy. Students explore self-identity, reflect on impact on their community, and share their stories to peers through working on an arts/digital media project. Professional learning is available for staff to explore barriers and challenges that black and diverse youth face and share strategies on how to teach culturally-responsive lessons to engage diverse learners. Workshops are also offered in French.
StopGap FoundationAccessibility & Inclusion: Building AwarenessThis presentation raises awareness about physical disability, accessibility and inclusion. Luke Anderson shares how one moment in time changes his life forever and how he finds himself living in a world not well designed for someone in a wheelchair. He explains his personal experiences, challenges he faces and how he overcomes. Students learn about barriers that people with disabilities may face, the importance of a barrier-free and inclusive community, as well as empowering language when referring to people with disabilities. Resources are available for teachers to implement beyond the presentation.
Story PlanetYoung Writers ProjectYoung Writers Project provides students the opportunity to develop their skills in creative expression and literacy through story making across a variety of different media which include writing, illustration, painting, poetry, spoken word, and digital media. Students cultivate story-making skills through digital (web-based tools) and non-digital (publications). Students develop characters, setting, and central narrative, while writers and artists lend their extensive talents to provide students with inspiration. At the end of each workshop, participants produce a tangible evidence of their creativity in the form of a painting, sculpture, illustrated book, digital story, or film. Staff professional learning and observation opportunities may also be available.
Storyvalues Inc.Interactive StorytellingThe Interactive Storytelling program provides schools with a variety of assemblies and in-class workshops that explore themes of holidays, seasons, heritages and traditions. The program uses interactive storytelling and drama to enhance students’ cultural awareness, communication, creative and literacy skills. Interactive dramatization along with student participation and small group discussions allow student to explore further salient themes. The program also includes limited access to Storyvalues On-line, an online resource where students learn about folktales, art and music through games, videos and puzzles. Storyvalues On-line is available at http://www.storyvalues.com/Online/journey.html.
Stratford FestivalLearning Through TheatreWorkshops offer enrichment to the Stratford Festival's season plays with a focus on contemporary engagement with Shakespeare and Musical Theatre. They may focus on a genre or a specific play with an emphasis on key issues/questions explored and what they mean to students. They may include an introduction to fight choreography as well as an invitation for students to learn and develop particular dance choreography or vocal arrangements. All workshops are delivered by professional teaching artists through communal active exercises and hands-on exploration. Professional development workshops for staff and specialized customized workshops are also available.
Studiostone CreativeSoapstone Carving Students are provided a pre-cut soapstone animal shape and are guided through a step-by-step carving process. Using the subtractive carving method, students understand the process of creating something by removing material. The carving is done using water to eliminate dust. The workshop enhances curriculum in art and sculpture; Indigenous / Inuit culture; and, rocks and minerals. Soapstone is a metamorphic stone that is very soft and varies greatly in colour. The animal shapes have significance in the Inuit culture.
Success Beyond LimitsSuccess Beyond Limits School Year ProgramSuccess Beyond Limits School Year Program works with students at Westview Centennial Secondary School to facilitate Mentorships and peer-to-peer support opportunities through scheduled sessions and drop-in activities. It provides students with community, social and career connections to events, organizations, conferences and other projects beyond school to support their personal and academic development in the community. It engages all grades, with a particular emphasis on encouraging participation from Grade 9 & 10 students. Grade 10 students who continue as participants to gradually assume mentoring roles as they progress into Grade 11 & 12. Specific student leadership sessions are designed to train students for peer-to-peer mentoring roles. Homework help, food and recreational activities are also scheduled outside of the instructional day.
Success Beyond LimitsSuccess Beyond Limits Summer Credit Support Supports and activities that include youth-to-youth peer mentorship engage Grade 8 students who are enrolled in a Continuing Education summer course that nurtures a successful transition into secondary school. For students in Learning Centre 2, these curriculum enhancement activities inspire and assist them to improve their educational outcomes, expand possibilities, and provide support to expand their individual paths to success.
Sugu World Inc.Drone Development & DesignStudents design, build, and develop drones in this program that integrates computer engineering technology with an up-to-date and relevant approach to robotics, electronics, and programming. Facilitated by aerospace engineers, mechanical engineers, airline pilots, and certified drone pilots, students engage both creatively and technically in the design, assembly, and implementation and programming of drones for takeoff and flight. In addition, students also examine how to successfully integrate drone technology into our current world, and how these technologies can benefit humanity. Students receive a drone after program completion.
Suitcase Theatre Suitcase Dramatic Arts Workshops A menu of workshops is available to choose from, including: All the World is a Stage is an engaging and interactive workshop that gives students the opportunity to explore the vibrant history of live theatre. Students will learn about the importance of collaboration as they work with their peers to create short adaptations of classical fairy tales and fables.“Improv your Acting” is a lively and humour-filled workshop that invites students to think on their feet as they are introduced to the world of improvisation. This exhilarating workshop encourages teamwork and peer support as they work together to create scenarios that invite fast creative thinking and a quick all mixed with a good dose of humour.“Confidence Creates Character” offers students a safe space to express themselves. Students will explore strategies to approach difficult social settings by developing skills to alleviate anxiety, deal with peer pressure and handle bullying.
Suitcase Theatre Suitcase Theatre PerformancesThese musicals and plays inspire and promote positive self-awareness through storytelling, singing, the visual arts and drama. Characters in the plays and the characterization workshops create positive role modelling; encourage self-confidence, kindness and compassion; promote building healthy relationships, resilience and collaboration. They help students understand narrative structure, enhance character development in drama and enrich their vocabulary in the creative development process.
Sunnybrook Academic Family Health TeamHealth Roadshow: Ask a Family DoctorPresentations related to mental and physical health include topics of anxiety, sleep, depression, substance abuse, bullying, aggression/anger, body image, nutrition as well as coping skills and stress reduction techniques. Students learn strategies to improve their personal well-being. Interactive methods such as games and small group activities are used followed by an anonymous question and answer sessions. Family Medicine Residents work with Learning Centre 1 secondary schools: Leaside High School and Marc Garneau Collegiate staff (i.e. Guidance, Physical Education or Professional Support staff) to identify topics and review presentations.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences CentreUsing Literature as an Innovative Tool for Teaching Mental Health Literacy Through this partnership programming, educators learn how to impart basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills and general mental health literacy to middle-school age youth through an engaging professional learning session and follow-up coaching designed for English/Literacy teachers and middle school staff teams. Students’ mental health and wellness can potentially be safeguarded and enhanced through increased teacher awareness, knowledge, skills, and via curricula that embed mental health literacy components within a literature unit.
SustainED GroupSustainable WorkshopsThese project-based sustainability focused workshops connect industry professionals to students to provide up-to-date information and facilitate inquiry-based engaged learning. There are six core modules to choose from including energy, food, water, waste, products and infrastructure. Workshops allow students to develop their critical thinking, engineering design, prototyping and presentation skills. Students receive tools to examine and discuss the current environmental, social and economic systems and determine methods to generate actionable solutions with the aim for implementation either through their school or their community. Suitable for grades 6-12.
TAIBU Community Health CentreThe PLUG ProjectThe project focuses on violence prevention and developing conflict mediation skills for student success especially for Black and/or marginalized students. Through workshops, students learn how to resolve conflict in a variety of scenarios, develop techniques that de-escalate a situation, work on anger management, and develop strategies for better communication. Parent workshops are available to better support their child.
Talli OsborneConfidence is BeautifulBorn without arms and missing bones in her legs, Talli Osborne imparts important lessons to students on how to persevere despite physical disabilities and differences in this motivational assembly. She shares stories of achieving success in the face of bullying and life's many adversities. She encourages us to be more empathetic and compassionate, rallying acceptance towards ourselves to consider the fortunes we do have, rather than the ones that we do not. Through her unique perspective, Talli Osborne gives reasons for students to accept who they are and share that same acceptance towards others. This presentation is followed by a Q & A.
Tata Consultancy Services IncgoITgoIT is an innovative, experiential and immersive program for students and staff to learn about TDSB’s Global Competencies and Tata’s Five Forces. Elementary and secondary teachers will create curricular based Global Competency learning experiences and collaborate with TCS employees to bring real world knowledge, expertise and practical experience into TDSB classrooms to help teachers and students make globally competency connections. Students will have opportunities to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas and take action.
Taylor SutherlandChekhov TheatreAnton Chekhov's writing revolutionized the world of theatre. He wrote stories that championed the everyday man living a common life, characters who suffer defeats both great and small, at once comic and tragic. This workshop teaches acting techniques rooted in the work of Stanislavsky and Mikhail Chekhov. Students explore one of Chekhov's plays and build scene work using character analysis, improvisation, etudes, ensemble development and choral chant culminating in a presentation at the end of the workshop series.
Team UnbreakableTeam UnbreakableSchools interested in establishing a running club to focus on mental health and stress-reduction techniques receiving professional learning sessions and support. Programming with students operates with designated school staff who have received professional learning, Team Unbreakable staff or volunteers, and parent volunteers (as per design of clubs by each local school). Additional resources are found online at at www.teamunbreakable.ca/forms/lessons.
Techzenik Robotics & Information SystemSTEMatize SchoolsThis hands-on workshop provides students with building blocks and materials to create, design, program, build and operate a Robot. Workshop provides access to new technologies and information on how to utilize them. Students solve real world problems through automating a small Robot and programming them to perform simple tasks. Older students use advanced sensors and program blocks to accomplish complex and detailed tasks and sequences. Students also learn effective programming techniques and language, utilize mathematical, problem solving and logical skills to create and code applications. List of workshops available: Robotics - LEGO We-Do 1 & 2, Minstorms EV3 Beginners & Advanced, VeX IQ, VeX EDR; Electronics and Computer Engineering - Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Build Your Own Computer; Programming - Programming and Designing with Python, Programming with Java, Build Your Own App using Android Studio, Creative Technology - Adobe Photoshop, 2D Animation, 3D Animation.
TELUS Communications Inc.TELUS WiseCyber safety and security issues are discussed in four age / audience appropriate workshop options: * TELUS Wise footprint - is designed to help elementary school students learn how to be good digital citizens and keep their digital footprint clean. * TELUS Wise in control - engages middle school, and junior high students in a discussion about cyberbullying, identity theft, protecting and positively growing their online reputation and more. * TELUS Wise impact - engages middle school and junior high students in a conversation about cyberbullying, helping them explore and understand different options for safe and appropriate ways of intervening when they witness cruel behaviour online. * TELUS Wise happiness - engages teen students in a conversation about building and maintaining a healthy relationship with technology and offers tips on ensuring resiliency and well-being in our connected world.
The Canadian Stage CorporationCanadian Stage in SchoolThese workshops and career talks provide practical skills in theatre and give direction to students interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts. Workshop activities can include: body and vocal warm ups, projection, improv, breathing, acting with intention, acting without speaking, and basic scene study. Career talks are led by an award-winning professional in the industry who gives a practical tour of the theatre industry in Canada, and steps students can take towards a career in the performing arts, be it through post-secondary education, and/or professional auditions. Self-care for artists and safe guides to getting an agent are also highlighted, along with the many resources available to artists in the industry.
The Chess 'n Math AssociationMath n' Chess Schools ProgramLearning to play chess helps students develop mathematical, logistical and analytical skills. It improves their concentration and memory. It bolsters their self-esteem and their ability to collaborate and interact with others. This program delivers a structured nine-level course for students who then may take part in the culminating event of a chess tournament. Using games, exercises and worksheets students learn the rules of the games, how to solve problems, work in teams, and use judgement. Students learn to think ahead and anticipate the moves of their opponents by developing their logic and reasoning skills.
The Concerned Kids Charity of TorontoExpanded Communicating Through PuppetryPresentations use puppetry to address bullying, anger management, mental health, peer pressure and substance abuse topics in order to maintain respect and enhance students’ self-esteem and personal safety and the safety of others. The presentation is followed by a question and answer session to allow students to ask questions about the issues raised. The presentations aim to empower students in kindergarten -Grade 6 to make smarter and kinder choices and help to create safer schools and communities.
The Directors Cut Ltd.The Director's Cut Media Literacy WorkshopsThe Director's Cut workshops turn classrooms into fun, interactive and engaged Hollywood studios for the day. Using a mobile digital media lab and led by Imaginators, students transform their creativity and imagination into an Oscar-worthy media production. Students work in small groups using the latest digital film equipment. Workshop topics include self-esteem and body image, cyberbullying, digital media storytelling, stop motion animation, and music video production. Workshops are also available in French. Imaginators are leading filmmakers and digital media specialists who take a class through the filmmaking process over the course of a day. Lesson plans, assessment, evaluation and other resources are available from The Director’s Cut.
The Earth Rangers FoundationEarth Rangers AssemblyThe Earth Rangers Assembly offers an engaging and interactive presentation bringing concepts of science and biodiversity from the real world into the classroom, in person and via video-conferencing. Using live Animal Ambassadors including reptiles, mammals and birds to connect with students, the hour-long assembly teaches students to develop empathy for wildlife and to support protecting animals and their habitats. Students learn about threatened Canadian species, the importance of protecting the environment and adopting more sustainable behaviours. Earth Rangers provide supplementary environmental information on how to make a difference through tangible activities and conservation projects for students to complete at home. Earth Rangers provides curriculum resources available online at www.earthrangers.org/bring-back-the-wild-curriculum-resources.
The Flight Power FoundationFlightunit Careers Awareness Students are exposed to industry professionals and careers in multiple areas through conferences and workshops to increase student success and career exploration. Professionals from various industries lead sessions to provide specific information from sectors that include Music, Art & Culture, Health, Sports & Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Trades, Business & Advertising, Health Care, Learning Skills, Sciences and Pharmaceutical Industry. Skills being developed are career decision making, conducting research, problem solving, personal learning strategies, and networking with industry leaders. Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship (ICE) training and SHSM certification are also available.
The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack FundLegacy Artist AmbassadorsThe program brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists into schools or by video-conferencing to inspire student leadership and forward the journey of reconciliation in school communities. Artists share their art, music and stories through workshops and/or performances and engage students in learning and conversations about reconciliation. Schools hosting Artist Ambassadors are also encouraged to have students share their own stories, art, and reconciliACTIONs with their guests. The program reflects arts, music, and role models in the classroom to connect with students about the power of the arts to create social change.
The Learning Partnership CanadaCoding QuestThis STEM based program for elementary students exposes them to the fundamentals of coding and gamification while developing global competencies such as computational thinking. TLP staff and volunteers in computer science, provide professional learning and in school supports for the delivery of this program. The culminating event is an "Archade" that showcases games the students have created while providing 'unplugged' activities as well. For grades 1 - 3 the program is entitled "Coding Trek" , for grades 4 - 6 the program is entitled "Coding Quest"
The Learning Partnership CanadaEntrepreneurial Adventure Entrepreneurial Adventure turns ideas into reality by bringing together teachers and business partners to mentor students and help them create their own ventures. Students, as well as their teachers and volunteers from the business community, become truly entrepreneurial, thinking creatively, exploring possibilities, experimenting, communicating, collaborating, and realizing their dreams of showcasing an entrepreneurial idea.
The Multicultural Theatre Space Inc.Stories of JusticeIssues of integration and communication with peers give voice to newcomers, marginalized and racialized youth in these workshops facilitated by multicultural artists. Students receive inspiration from culturally diverse role models who provide an opportunity to hear critical conversations with a multicultural lens. Schools can choose from a workshop series for students to create a short theatre production reflective of their lives or participate in talkbacks with professionals in the theatre industry.
The Period PurseMenstruation NationPresentations help educate students about menstruation and the importance of menstrual health for all. Facilitators demystify the myths, share use of appropriate language and how to prepare for periods including learning about various period products and reusable options. Presentations also help students understand period poverty with girls in school and people experiencing homelessness. Three presentations are available: Myths and Periods, Period Poverty, Period Product Options.
The Purple FigThe Little Fig Children's Writing WorkshopsThis English Literacy writing workshop incorporates individual and group activities to strengthen writing, language, and analytical skills. Some workshops use a narrative, The Hero’s Journey, as a guideline to teach students about story development and encourage them to express themselves to develop their very own story. Other workshops may use the structure of a first person essay narrative to tell the personal story of the student through memoir style writing. For the younger grades, the workshop will consist of creating a story collaboratively and then performing the story in a play-like presentation. During the process students will learn the art of storytelling by establishing the following: Who is the Hero? What does the Hero want? Why can't the hero get what he/she wants? The Facilitator will work with the teacher prior to the first session to establish relevant curriculum related readings and topics for this creative writing workshop.
The Royal Conservatory of MusicYouthBeatA music creation program designed to inject the inspiration and communicative power of music into classroom practise for select schools. Program explores five design principles including proximity, space, alignment, repetition and contrast using new technology platform, Youthbeat app. The app provides a simplified set of tools that allow students to advance consistently with their learning and explore various elements of music and the different tools to change, record and overdub the music. Using a consistent framework, students learn to successfully create their own music and style culminating in creation of an original song or short piece. Professional guest musicians bring diverse musical and cultural backgrounds to enhance the learning. Professional learning is available.
The Starfish CanadaCan You Hear The Eco?: Environmental Solutions WorkshopsA free workshop that uses a guided inquiry-based learning approach to develop innovative solutions to real world environmental challenges. Students identify a real challenge specifically faced by the community, distill their ideas and prioritize their solutions. Facilitators help students to explore different environmental issues and how each story is a thread in the tapestry of our social, economic and political world. Students work together to create a final project that responds to the problem culminating in a presentation to the class. Workshop may be offered in French.
The STEPS InitiativeSTEPS.StudioSustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Spaces (STEPS) Initiative provides art workshops to engage the school community in the collaborative production of an environmentally-themed public art installation. Facilitators help students explore public space and urban design issues facing their communities and issues of social and environmental impact. Students learn real-world design considerations, how public spaces can be improved upon and environmentally sound solutions. Using a variety of art mediums and techniques, students design and produce a public artwork that serves function, aesthetics and that celebrates the community.
The Toronto Jewish Film FoundationFilmMattersThese free workshops use screenings of contemporary Jewish films to engage students in discussing their historical context, and the study of important social issues like diversity, racial and cultural sensitivity, citizenship, and social action. Guest speakers with experience, background, and/or expertise on issues raised in the films may be present to help spark class discussion and critical thinking on these issues as they relate to current social and political climate. A current list of available films and study guides can be found at www.j-flix.com/filmmatters. Suitable for grade 10.
The Travelling StagePerforming Arts Enrichment for JK-Grade 12Drama and dance performances; and, select workshops that foster an appreciation for Canadian dance, drama and theatre are available. Excursion opportunities are also offered. Performances vary each year, and revised promotional material is available online at www.travellingstage.com. Select workshops available for TDSB schools include, but are not limited to the following: DRAMA: "Page to Stage" "Improv" Students are engaged in the art of storytelling by performing a well known tale or fable; or improvising. Students explore character, setting and plot with the end result being to have students bring the story to life through improvisation techniques, and/or by performing it using costume pieces and props. DANCE: "Decades of Dance" and "Percussion & Props" - Students engage in the history and current relevance of various dance styles; and, tools to explore, create and execute movement. Although the Artist Educator has created the choreography on their own, students will collaborate to bring the choreography to life.
The Umbrella Effect Inc.The Umbrella ProjectSimilar to an umbrella protecting us from the rain, a collection of well-being skills can protect us from times of calm and stress. This workshop teaches a collection of skills that form emotional well-being: empathy, gratitude, self-compassion, purpose, resiliency and developing a growth mindset. Through lessons, videos, group discussion, personal reflection and observation of the world around them, students learn real life applications of each skill and gain deeper insight into why these skills are essential. Workshops may be offered in French and parent presentations are available.
The Water Brothers TV SeriesThe Water Brothers Eco-AdventuresPresentation to educate, inspire and engage audiences about water-related environmental issues occurring on the planet today. Students will learn about environmental challenges in Canada and around the world, the root causes of these problems and their role in helping to overcome these challenges, and learn more about environmental stewardship. Topics include: climate change, access to clean water & sanitation, water infrastructure, renewable energy, biodiversity, invasive species, deforestation, drought, floods, illegal & overfishing, the water cycle, agriculture, plastic building up in our oceans and lake, water in space, earth sciences, sustainable fishing etc. Teacher resources and interactive learning portal are available for each of the topics can be found online at http://thewaterbrothers.ca.
The Wynford Group Inc.Build Character, Build SuccessThis three-part programming builds more inclusive school communities through deepening students’ understanding of character attributes. First, a ‘recess planning session’ for student leaders and a staff designate to brainstorm games and activities that all students can participate in safely and where no one is left out. Second, these planning sessions lead to the collaborative facilitation by student leaders, staff designate and the Wynford Group of an all-inclusive recess event with the entire elementary school. Third, a follow-up debriefing session and ongoing support for similar events led only by TDSB students and staff, is provided to schools.
The Yoga ProjectNormalizing Yoga & Mindfulness in EducationThis workshop teaches yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques through spontaneous movement and a structured approach. The program incorporates yoga poses and movements, breathing exercises, mindfulness exercises, song and games for the younger students, and challenging yoga poses and partner work for older students. A large focus is placed on stress-reduction, mindfulness, and celebrating uniqueness. Professional development opportunities are available to staff.
Theatre DirectIn the Centre of it AllTheatre workshops whereby students explore stories, rehearse roles and join in alongside professional actors in performance. Theatre productions are also available, and each year feature a different theme and focus for students. The list of current productions for the year can be viewed at www.theatredirect.ca.
Théâtre la CatapulteProductions théâtrales en françaisTouring Franco-ontarian production, performed by professional francophone artists from the Ottawa region and delivered in French. Students enhance French language skills while exploring current societal themes. Each production uses rich, inspirational materials to engage and provide a meaningful experience to youth audiences. Following the production, a question and answer session led by artists, provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the French arts industry and themes from the production.
Theatricks Theatre Co.All About ActingThese fun and engaging workshops tailor-made for elementary students encourage active participation and develop and strengthen practical skills in drama in an environment conducive to their discovery and growth. Primary students are introduced to the basic skills of drama and acting by learning about character development, scene creation, and plot development as they explore the elements of dramatic expression. Junior students build upon their drama experience by indulging in their own capacities for creativity as they develop the necessary skills for improvisational acting. By developing skills in improvisation, students increase their self-confidence and teamwork, as well as their ability to express themselves publicly. Professional learning workshops on improv are also available.
Theola RossIndigenous Arts and Social TransformationAn Indigenous Cree Arts Facilitator provides workshops to provide students with knowledge of the intersections between Indigenous lived experience and practice and the uses of art. Diverse mediums of art-production and performance such as dance, film, and storytelling are explored. Students learn how art has been used to advance the causes of social transformation and resistance to marginalization, exploitation and injustices framed within an anti-racism, anti-colonial and decolonizing lens.
Thinking ForwardThinking Forward Leadership ProgramThinking Forward offers character development and leadership training for students, primarily in Model Schools, to help children and youth strengthen their interpersonal and leadership skills, and to challenge them to address social needs. Thinking Forward provides inclusive and equitable learning opportunities that use the arts and leadership development as a platform to help students develop and improve their well-being. Students participate in hands-on, art activities that highlight themes of belonging, diversity, anti-bullying, teamwork, and community. A variety of methods, resources and activities are used including painting, role-playing, designing and building, illustrating, and art exhibits to showcase student work. The program is customizable to suit the needs and schedule of the school and students.
ThriveKidsFit.Focus.FearlessStudents participate in 20 minutes each of body, mind, and character activities in order to develop confidence, self-reliance, healthy life skills and habits. The 20/20/20 Circuit™, three- part program allows students to manage their bodies from head to toe through the following components: 1. vigorous exercise to release excess energy and endorphins while enhancing executive function, concentration and engagement; 2. life skills activity that incorporate creativity and play while teaching social interaction skills; 3. mindfulness activity to manage thoughts, emotions and self-regulation. Facilitators provide tools and techniques that can be incorporated in every day scenarios. A teacher resource is provided for teachers to continue incorporating the lessons with their students.
Timothy HollandSpectacle CérébralDelivered in French to FSL and French immersion students, this entertaining assembly touches on key themes such as resiliency, confidence, and growth mindset. Using circus arts and comedy ventriloquism, Tim Holland shows the accessibility of brain science and neuroplasticity and how our brains change as they learn. The assembly highlights how having a different mindset can help students’ resiliency and to see failure as a feedback rather than a limitation for skill mastery. Follow-up workshops use juggling arts to apply a growth mindset to a novel learning opportunity. Suitable for elementary grades.
To Be Determined Theatre Co.Children's Literature Onstage A different touring production is available each year for Early Years students. All productions bring a renowned Canadian children’s literature book to life onstage. Curriculum ties to The Arts and English / Literacy are enhanced through the live performance animation on stage for young audiences. Reading the story before or after performance has potential to further early language and literacy concepts. Q & A sessions are held after each production. See www.tbdtheatre.com each year for the particular performance being offered, and updated curriculum-related resources that are provided to educators pre and post performances.
Tools for All TeensTools for All TeensTools for All Teens is a self-empowerment program which provides teens with wellness activities and tools such as yoga, mindfulness meditation and journaling to assist them in calming their minds and bodies. These tools enable youth to better manage stress and enhance their mental health and well-being. Mindfulness activities are used to support students’ engagement and improve learning and success, while teaching important life skills in self-awareness. Sessions can also be provided for staff teams, and for parents, as scheduled.
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